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As founder of Donatos Pizza, a Columbus, Ohio-based chain with nearly 200 stores in five states, Jim Grote was driven to find a better way to slice and apply pepperoni to his pies. He created the Peppamatic, the world’s first automated pepperoni slicer/applicator, in the late 1960s. The Peppamatic’s unique ability to cut labor cost, while increasing productivity and efficiency, inspired Jim to found the Grote Company. Since 1972, Grote Company has established itself as the world leader in slicer/applicator innovation and technology, and continues to revolutionize the way food processors and manufacturers slice, stack, portion, count and arrange virtually all types of food products. Grote’s extensive product line includes equipment to handle simple applications, such as bulk slicing and portion control, and is ideal for slicing most boneless and non-frozen meats, cheeses, and bakery products. The delicate cutting action of Grote’s patented Accuband® blade makes it one of the most versatile slicing systems in the industry.
Grote’s more complex systems provide solutions for automating food manufacturing processes. In these applications, Grote equipment is ideally suited for precisely slicing & applying products onto moving production line targets, as well as for applying sliced products directly onto moving oven belts. And Grote is world renowned for its ability to engineer tailor-made automation machines and assembly lines for the sandwich production and frozen pizza industries.